SUPERSTITIONS, TRENDS AND PROBABILITIES

  Amongst the hype that surrounds the latter stages of the World Cup, there seems to be a rabid hype for ‘trends’, masquerading as entertainment. The use of statistics, past records, first ever achievements and any old past events is funny at first, but when you realise that some people actually believe in this gibberish…

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The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Joseph Campbell As the World Cup tournament swings from group stages to the knockout stages – for the bigger, stronger teams there is a shift from a mentality of “collect enough points to advance and conserve energy if you can”,…

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Lessons in inspiring and communicating ideas

I spent three days last week speaking, learning and being inspired at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Now in it’s 17th year, it is a roaring success, despite me having spoken there for the last three years! I contributed to three sessions this time (a secondary schools event, and sessions on resilience, then truths about exercise),…

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Making the easy easy, to give your best when it matters.

‘Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.’ Gustav Flaubert This week there was a good deal of buzz centred on a paper presented at ACSM about how athletes train. The major finding of the study showed that athletes perceived easier workouts as more difficult…

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Maximsers and satisficers in decision making

Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his (or her) choices. Alfred A. Montapert A week ago, I was asked by an aspiring professional about my advice when applying for jobs. The question went like this, “I have seen a lot of jobs out there, that I would quite like, but not…

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10 exam tips from high performance sport

As exam season looms for many students young and old, I wondered what we would see in the study rooms, mental-athlete village, warm-up areas and hear from the coaches pep-talks if exams appeared at the Olympics. Here are some thoughts on getting your optimal performance with some lessons from the world of high-performance; 1. Know…

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Summary of 2018 Supporting Champions Conference

On 20 and 21 March 2018, ~180 delegates, partners and speakers gathered at the Emirates Stadium, London for the second Supporting Champions Conference. Which, once again, had an unadulterated focus on finding a better way to create remarkable performance and the speakers and delegate discussions did exactly that. In amongst the speakers, we heard from…

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The tale goes that at a dinner with Wordsworth, the poet Keats, toasted “confusion to the memory of Newton…because he destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by reducing it to a prism”. Three years later Keats confirmed his disdain by writing; “Do not all charms fly At the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was…

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Can we be competitive and collaborative?

Do you ever get that feeling, when you’ve got a win, a breakthrough or a reward – you just want to go and tell someone? I had it just the other day, when I hopped onto a train just as the doors were closing, then immediately went to text home! It’s an obvious response, isn’t…

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